Hauts-de-France Region of France – Belfries and Battlefields of the North

France’s northernmost region is Hauts-de-France, home of strong beer, world war battlefields, incredible Gothic cathedrals, and some of Europe’s busiest ports. The region borders Belgium in the north, and the Atlantic coast on the west, with connections to England via the Channel Tunnel. The region has a strong Flemish influence, with UNESCO listed Belfry towers … More Hauts-de-France Region of France – Belfries and Battlefields of the North

Île-de-France Region of France – Paris, Palaces, and Disneyland

Île-de-France is the name of the region that includes Paris and its surrounds. Sometimes known as the Région Parisienne, Île-de-France is the smallest region of mainland France, but also by far the most populated and most dense. It is one of the most touristic regions in all of Europe. The city of Paris is the … More Île-de-France Region of France – Paris, Palaces, and Disneyland

Pays de la Loire Region Of France – Loire Valley Châteaux Meets The Atlantic

Pays de la Loire is an administrative region named after France’s longest river, the Loire. Beginning at the rugged Atlantic coast at Saint-Nazaire, it stretches over 1000km (621 miles) through much of central France. The region is home to part of the Loire Valley, a region of some of France’s most opulent and incredible châteaux, … More Pays de la Loire Region Of France – Loire Valley Châteaux Meets The Atlantic

Centre-Val de Loire Region of France – Wine And Chateaux Of The Loire Valley

Welcome to châteaux country! The region of Centre-Val de Loire, located just south of Paris, is known for its wonderful Loire Valley, a leisurely region of great wines and lavish Rennaissance castles that traces the 1000km (620 mile) river Loire through rolling green farmland. The kings, queens and nobility of France built some of the … More Centre-Val de Loire Region of France – Wine And Chateaux Of The Loire Valley

Shopping Cart Roast Chestnuts – Paris Street Food

Along shopping boulevards in Paris, around tourist spots, in green parks and outside metro stations, street vendors sell roasted chestnuts in the winter months. Dressed in beanies and woollen scarves, the vendors run their unorthodox, makeshift roasting businesses. A shopping trolley is the kitchen, a large round metal disc punctured with holes is the improvised … More Shopping Cart Roast Chestnuts – Paris Street Food

Chateau Berzé-le-Châtel – The Hidden Castle Of Burgundy Wine Country

Overlooking the countryside on top of a rocky outcrop, the Berzé-le-Châtel castle is a medieval fortress known for its 13 fortified towers, terraced gardens, and commanding hilltop position that surveys the Mâconnais wine region below. Dating back to the 10th century, it is a great stopover visit for those exploring the Burgundy wine region. The … More Chateau Berzé-le-Châtel – The Hidden Castle Of Burgundy Wine Country

Water Jousting in Séte – France’s Medieval Sport Tradition

In the south of France, there is an unusual traditional sport that comes along once a year. Water jousting (joutes nautiqes) is just like horse jousting, but is played between two rival boats that row towards each other. Water jousting is a major event in some French towns, most famously in the port town of … More Water Jousting in Séte – France’s Medieval Sport Tradition

Le Gros Horloge – The Medieval Astronomical Clock Of Rouen

Le Gros Horloge (the Big Clock) is an ornate astronomical clock located on an archway in the French city of Rouen, capital of Normandy. A Gothic-style masterpiece in design and engineering, the clock is one of the proud centrepieces of the old town of Rouen. With pedestrians passing underneath the arch over Rue du Gros-Horloge, … More Le Gros Horloge – The Medieval Astronomical Clock Of Rouen

The Real Rat Catching Shop from Ratatouille – Julien Aurouze Pest Control

Just next to the Rue des Halles exit of Châtelet metro station in Paris is a shop that might look familiar to Pixar fans. Julien Arouze and Co. is a pest control shop that is not only famous for its inclusion in the film Ratatouille, but also for its century-old preserved rat bodies displayed hanging … More The Real Rat Catching Shop from Ratatouille – Julien Aurouze Pest Control